Geronimo Gap Year Application Deadline Approaches at Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE)

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The July 1st deadline for applications to Black Mountain SOLE’s Geronimo Gap Year program is quickly approaching. Geronimo Gap Year is a nine-month experiential learning program designed to fill in the gaps left by traditional schooling.

Today, Black Mountain SOLE announced that a few places are still available for their Geronimo Gap Year education program. The deadline for applications is July 1.

The Geronimo Gap Year is a nine-month program that bridges the gaps left by traditional education by focusing on experiential learning and mentorship. The program is open to anyone interested in self-directed learning as a means to further personal and professional growth.

“We've had an incredibly diverse and exciting mix of applications so far, from high school students looking for a refreshing change from the steep tuition fees at traditional colleges, to young professionals trying to find a more meaningful direction to their lives, to middle-aged 're-starters' hoping to jumpstart their next chapter, to homeschooled teens ready to run with their first entrepreneurial venture," said Andra Adams, Co-founder and Program Director at Black Mountain SOLE.

Students who are accepted into the Geronimo Gap Year program will be welcomed onto a mountainous, 1,200 acre Self-Organized Learning Environment in Black Mountain, near Asheville, North Carolina.

The program consists of three phases:

The Vision phase is the foundation of the Geronimo Gap Year program. In it, students learn to become “self-experts” by identifying their individual strengths, weaknesses, passions and personalities. This phase is also the time when students establish a supportive relationship with their personal coach and lay out their personal goals for the rest of the program.

The Practical Immersion phase puts the student in the driver’s seat. During this phase, students are accelerated through a variety of courses to hone personal and professional skills. Real-world experience and hands-on activities are the core forms of instruction. Students work with their personal coach to direct their learning and monitor their progress.

The Jumpstart Project phase is the capstone of the Geronimo Gap Year program. In it, students are empowered to tackle a project that lends a voice to their most deep and motivating passions. With the Jumpstart Project, students take the framework of the prior two phases and put it to work in the real world, supported by their mentors, coaches and all of the resources that Black Mountain SOLE has to offer. The goal here is for students to build a core of real experiences to strengthen their foundation and jumpstart their careers.

The deadline for applications to the 2013 Geronimo Gap Year program is July 1. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and anyone interested in “taking the leap” can apply at

About BMS

Black Mountain SOLE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that embraces open-source content, empowers self-directed learners, and provides the best of blended learning in a supportive community. It offers the world’s first Self-Organized Learning Environment for higher education, providing a residential campus for learner-centered education. BMS is located at the same resort-based campus that the historic Black Mountain College occupied 50 years ago.

About Geronimo Gap Year

BMS’ nine-month experiential learning program is designed to fill in the gaps left by traditional schooling. Students discover their passions, hone critical life skills, and execute their own real-world project with the help of personal mentors.

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